Floyd Mayweather proved that age is nothing but a number.
At 36 years old, Mayweather put on a clinic in his win over Robert Guerrero. He toyed around with his opponent and never let him get anything clean. With his age, there was some questioning as to how well Mayweather would be able to move around the ring and get his defense on point.
Money May put those doubts away early in the fight.
Guerrero got some early offense that made you think that this could possibly become a fight. But that's exactly how Mayweather wanted it. He took The Ghost's best blows and figured out exactly how best to adjust his style in order to avoid any major damage.
After that, Guerrero wasn't able to adjust his style and put Mayweather away. As the fight dragged on, Mayweather became more and more dominant. He was like a snake in that he constricted The Ghost more and more, until there was nothing Guerrero could do.
When Guerrero would open himself up, Mayweather made sure to punish his opponent with wicked counterpunches. What was possibly the most astounding aspect of the fight was how efficient Mayweather was with his offense. Greg Bishop of The New York Times made note of the percentage of power punches Money May connected.
Greg Bishop @GregBishopSI
Mayweather by unanimous decision. Landed 60 percent of his power punches. 60 percent!2013-5-5 04:47:39
It's clear that Mayweather doesn't move around the ring as well as he did a few years ago, but some slippage is expected. Even somebody like Money May can't beat Father Time. But Mayweather has more than enough in the tank to avoid staying stationary for too long.
There were some warning signs for the unbeaten champion.
Mayweather was open for him if Guerrero just could have landed a clean punch on Mayweather. Instead, Money May was just too slippery. He dodged everything The Ghost had to offer. Guerrero simply didn't have the talent to make his opportunities count.
As ESPN's Todd Grisham put it:
Todd Grisham @GrishamMMA
Maybe Guerrero is Casper the friendly "Ghost"2013-5-5 04:39:30
When they start getting up their in age, boxers always have trouble adjusting. They can't do the same things they could when they were in their 20s. So much of that is a result of taking repeated blows in the ring.
That isn't the case with Mayweather. He's built his career on his defense and counterpunching. Because of that, Money May should have a longer, more productive career than some of the sport's past stars have had.
Maybe against a better fighter, Mayweather would have been in more trouble. However, he can only fight the guy in front of him, and he ended up boxing circles around Guerrero.